Author: Rich Johnston

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Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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Hot Comics – Forty Dollar Club (July 2011)

Our Love Is Real #1 $51 – Okay, so I may be partially responsible for this one. As I was writing it’s entry into the forty dollar club at $45, a new copy of the first print just sold for $51. Well, there are only three hundred copies… We’ve just looked at modern comic books selling […]

San Diego Debut: Stripperella #1 Actually Written By Stan Lee

Debuting at San Diego Comic Con… Title: Stripperella #1 Creators: Stan Lee and Anthony Winn Publisher: Deep Cut Available: Booth #1419 High concept :  The first comic book that Stan Lee has actually written for quite some time. And it’s Stripperella. Nothing to do with he cartoon, it;’s intended to be as Stan would have […]

San Diego Debut: Octobriana

Title: Octobriana- Samizdat Edition Creators: Steve Orlando, Chaz Truog and Thomas Mauer. Publisher: Pozeur Ink Booth: SMALL PRESS O-16 High concept: Russia. 1968. The government has legislated society and sexuality. You are afraid to love, but Octobriana fights for you. Deep in Siberia, Liuba Kulagina has been a prisoner of science since she first displayed […]

San Diego Debut: Neil Gaiman In Hero Comics 2011

Title: Hero Comics 2011 Creators: Richard Starkings, Dougie Braithwaite, John Layman and Rob Guillory and Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth. Covers by J. Scott Campbell or Adam Hughes. Publisher: IDW/Hero initiative Available: Booth #5003 High concept: The new fundraising book features 32 pages of all-new material, including an exclusive “Elephantmen” story by Richard Starkings […]

Thursday Runaround – Captain America Can Drink A Root Beer

TrailerWatch: The Dark Knight Rises trailer is back online… for a bit. HotelWatch: A number of San Diego Comic Con hotels have opened up today. A Little Bleeder just confirmed they got a room at the Hyatt. SodaWatch: From a supermarket shelf in Park City, Utah… Note that the A&W brand is owned by Dr […]

Breaking The Mighty Marvel Code

Here are all the images released so for for this Fear Itself/The Mighty announcment at San Diego for something coming in December and being announced at Cup O’ Joe at San Diego Comic Con. Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, She Rulk. Mighty Avengers or something Anyway, a number of letters in the images are highlighted different […]

Dan Abnett To Write Doctor Who Novel On The Ice Warriors

Michael Moorcock’s written one. It looks like Neil Gaiman is about to write one. And now Dan Abnett has one out for Christmas. The Silent Stars Go By featuring the Ice Warriors. Okay, this is not his first, Abnett also wrote The Story of Martha a few years ago, a Torchwood novel Border Princes and […]

Avatar Plug Of The Week: Night Of The Living Dead Vol 2, Both Hard And Soft

In stores to day, old style, stumbling zombie action. Here’s the solicitatory information to help make your decision. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD VOL 2 TP Retail Price: $19.99 US Cover: Mike Wolfer Writer: Mike Wolfer, John Russo Art: Thomas Aira, Mike Wolfer Readership: MR Format: Full Color, 160 pages, TPB ISBN – 1592911226 PRODUCT […]

It’s Not Easy Being A Green Lantern Reader

Before the DC Relaunch… all the Green Lantern issues are getting a little reshuffle, creatively. Here’s a look at some the way they were… and the way they are now. Then: Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #12 Written by PETER J. TOMASI; Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and CAM SMITH; Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA; 1:10 Variant cover […]


Wonder Woman Loses Her Pants

Here’s the cover to the DC Comics DC Relaunch Sampler comic hitting stores next week. And Green Lantern spoilers at the bottom aside, Let’s check have a closer look at that Wonder Woman image and compare it with the one that was previously released. Looks like someone decided that by hook or by crook, Wonder […]

Superman #713 – The Return Of Kittengate

Bleeding Cool reported a month ago on what was dubbed Kittengate, the pulling of Superman #712 from the printers and its replacement with an inventory issue. Chris Sims of Comics Alliance compared the solicitation and promotion of the original issue and concluded that this was because of the appearance of the character Sharif, a Muslim […]

SCOOP: HD Trailer To Garth Ennis’ Stitched

This is the trailer to Garth Ennis’ Stitched, his short zombie/mummy war film, with an eye to a full length version being funded, and also launching a new comic book from Avatr. The film will premiere at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday evening, July 21, at 8:15 pm in Room 6DE. Garth will be […]


Liam Sharp Launches Madefire Publisher At San Diego

Comics writer/artist Liam Sharp and Ben Wolstenholme of Moving Brands, are debuting their new company Madefire at San Diego Comic Con next week. Sharp had previously founded a print publisher Mam Tor, which originally published my own Chase Variant comic originally. Liam tells Bleeding Cool; What I found with Mam Tor was that the costs […]

Is Marco Rudy The First Casualty Of The DC Relaunch?

The new October solicitations being dribbed and drabbed out through DC’s Source and friendly websites. And everything is looking pretty shipshape, exposed genitalia aside. One change appears to be Marco Rudy no longer being the listed artist on Suicide Squad #2, replaced by Federico Dallochio and Ransom Getty already. Other amendments include Al Barrionuevo assisting […]

Wednesday Comic Reviews: The Red Wing 1 and Captain America 1

Two comics about time travel and war, in very different ways. Out today is The Red Wing #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra and Rachelle Rosenberg from Image. As well as Captain America #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven for Marvel. The Red Wing is a troop fighting as part of a Time War. […]

The Nature Of X-Men Schism And A Look At #2 And #3

X-Men: Schism #1  by Jason Aaron and Carlos Pacheco, is released today. We’ve been covering Schism since we first learned of it in February, and the Israel comparison is one we’ve been talking about. Cyclops sets down his take on things pretty clearly in issue 1, with Storm arguing the other case. Basically Cyclops is […]

Green Lantern #67 Sets Up The DC Relaunch Green Lantern #1 (SPOILERS)

It was the realisation a couple of months ago that War Of The Green Lanterns was less about plot, character and dialogue, but pretty pictures – and how that wasn’t a bad thing – that made me warm much more to Green Lantern of late. I was able to treat it in the manner of […]

Bendis And Bagley Make Me Cry Like A Little Girl

I rarely cry at TV or movie shows. Last time I blubbed properly was watching Doctor Who: Father’s Day with my three month old daughter in my arms. There was a certain welling up during Tom Stoppard’s Rock’N’Roll play. But it’s a rarity. But I’m not sure if it’s ever happened reading a comic book […]